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Nov 12, 2012 11:00pm EST
: it's a photograph of griff holland as a 19-year- old pilot in india that artist chris demarest turned into a color portrait that inspired this exhibit at arlington national cemetery. >> i was scared to death. >> reporter: chris thinks griff looks a little cocky. >> we could hardly wait to fly and it wasn't a game certainly, but it was a business. >> reporter: the exhibit of our greatest generation at war is not just men in their flying machines, but factory workers and nurses as well. >> somebody e-mailed me after i did the portrait of her mother. she wrote to me i'm crying because i'm seeing my mother for the first time as a 20-year- old. i knew her only from these black and white photographs that to me were just part of a photo album and now seeing her in color makes her real and that's been the reaction i've heard over and over. i never thought about that. >> reporter: demarest's studi is right next to the exhibit here at the women in military service memorial at arlington. on the wall a portrait of chris' father, also a pilot during world war ii. >> he was young. he was only 67
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